A Chick-fil-A in Anderson, S.C., January 21, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)

Chick-fil-A drops donations to anti-LGBTQ groups by more than 99 percent in two years

Chick-fil-A's corporate foundation reduced donations from $3.6 million to $25,390



Katie McDonough
March 5, 2014 2:19AM (UTC)

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy may still think that equal marriage is the equivalent of shaking a fist at God (or something), but his chicken franchise's corporate foundation is giving less money to noted anti-LGBTQ groups than previous years.

As Josh Israel at Think Progress notes, Chick-fil-A's foundation increased its grants to anti-LGBTQ groups from $1.9 million to $3.6 million between 2010 and 2011. But according to the foundation's 2012 public disclosures, it reduced its donations to anti-LGBTQ groups to $25,390 that year -- more than 99 percent.

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In the summer of 2012, the company came under fire for its anti-LGBT giving and company president Dan Cathy’s comment that the company was “guilty as charged” of advocating a biblical view of the family. Amid the criticism, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and others organized a “Chick-fil-A” appreciation day.

But it appears that the company foundations scaled back anti-LGBT giving by simply scaling back all of its giving to outside non-profits. Their few donations included contributions to WinShape’s home in Brazil for needy children, scholarships for a Christian college in Georgia, and money for Habitat for Humanity and the United Negro College Fund.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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